SOURCE: Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke

February 02, 2007 11:17 ET

Energy-Saving School Design Qualifies District for Participation in SDG&E Sustainable Communities Program

CHULA VISTA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 2, 2007 -- The new Elementary School to be located in Otay Ranch Village 7 has received approval to participate in San Diego Gas & Electric's Sustainable Communities Program, based on the energy-saving design and incorporation of sustainable materials by its design team, led by Riverside-based Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke Architects. In order to participate in the program, buildings must meet or exceed a 20% improvement over the California Energy Commission's Title 24 code standards. According to SDG&E, the final project design came in with an improvement of 24.5% over the current standards.

The school's design includes innovative systems for energy and environmental conservation, such as:

--  Ultra-high energy efficient air conditioning equipment
--  Use of non-ozone depleting 410A refrigerant
--  State-of-the-art Energy Management System that controls the exterior
    lighting, hot water re-circulating pumps and air conditioning equipment in
    the most effective and energy efficient manner possible
--  High efficiency dual pane glass
--  Photo-voltaic panels to produce 5,000 kW of solar electricity
--  Recycled and natural materials used in interior spaces
--  Use of recycled water for irrigation and planting and drought tolerant
    trees and shrubs

"Chula Vista Elementary School District has developed an incredible partnership with Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke and [construction managers] Douglas E. Barnhart to deliver world-class facilities in record time," said Lowell J. Billings, Ed.D., Superintendent of the Chula Vista Elementary School District. "The Village 7 school will provide a quality learning environment for students in the 2007-2008 school year, as well as the many years to come."

The Sustainable Communities Program was created to encourage sustainable development and promote green building design practices. The District and design team, which includes consultants Nack & Associates and FBA Engineering, will receive financial incentives from SDG&E for their participation.

When completed, the High Performance school is expected to be one of the most environmentally-friendly in the state. Official groundbreaking for the new school site began on January 16, 2007. Chula Vista Elementary School District is currently seeking a name for the new school.

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Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke was founded in 1950 and is based in Riverside, California, with a second office in Carlsbad, California. The firm is focused on servicing educational, civic, governmental and commercial clients and includes over 1,500 educationally related projects of all types. Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke's mission is to provide the highest level of service possible and react to its client's needs through attention to detail and strong project management. This philosophy has sustained the firm for the past 57 years and continues with the current staff. To learn more about Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke or to arrange interviews with the firm's executive leaders, please contact Jennifer Green at (951) 684-4664 or visit

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